KBO Foreign Players

The KBO is scheduled to start their season May 5. ESPN has a lot of dead time on their channels. Too many talking heads or “classic games” that aren’t so classic. They were trying to get free broadcast rights to televise KBO games from Eclat. The contract for these free games was supposed to be for an as needed or monthly basis. Once major league baseball started the KBO games would be discontinued.

Eclat saw no benefit in that and said no dice. Their request was a bit of an insult. Now ESPN is negotiating with Eclat to pay for broadcast rights. They have until May 5 before games start. Let the games begin.

The KBO allows three foreign players on each roster, but no more than two position players or two pitchers. So teams usually populate their teams with two pitchers and one position player. If a team has more than three players once has to play in the minor leagues. Shuttling is discouraged since a player sent down has to spend a minimum of 10 days in the minor leagues.

Below are the foreign players for each team in the KBO, rosters courtesy of MyKBO.net.

Doosan Bears

Raul Alcantara (RHP)
Chris Flexen (RHP)
Jose Miguel Fernandez (Infield/DH)

Hanwha Eagles

Chad Bell (LHP)
Warwick Saupald (RHP)
Jared Hoying (OF)

Kia Tigers

Michael Baek (LHP)
Aaron Brooks (RHP)
Drew Gagnon (RHP)
Preston Tucker (OF)

Kiwoom Heroes

Jake Brigham (RHP)
Eric Jokisch (LHP)
Taylor Motter (Infield)

KT Wiz

William Cuevas (RHP)
Odrisamer Despaigne (RHP)
Mel Rojas Jr (OF)

LG Twins

Casey Kelly (RHP)
Tyler Wilson (RHP)
Roberto Ramos (Infield)

Lotte Giants

Adrian Sampson (RHP)
Dan Straily (RHP)
Dixon Machado (Infield)

NC Dinos

Drew Rucinski (RHP)
Mike Wright (RHP)
Aaron Altherr (OF)

Samsung Lions

David Buchanan (RHP)
Ben Lively (RHP)
Tyler Saladino (Infielder)

SK Wyverns

Nick Kingham (RHP)
Ricardo Pinto (RHP)
Jamie Romak (Infield)

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